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Louisville Slugger MLB180 Natural Wood Baseball Bat

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Price: $19.98 - $48.72
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  • Durable ash wood bat with natural finish
  • Pro-grade ash is pound for pound the strongest timber available
  • Barrel tends to flex rather than break, creating larger sweet spot
  • Randomly selected turning model from C271, P72, C243, R161, T141, and K55
  • Available in 32-, 33-, and 34-inch lengths

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Product Description

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Don't make the mistake of thinking all wood bats are the same. They may look similar, but the quality of the wood is very different from one wood bat company to another. Louisville Slugger, however, sets itself apart from other bat makers with more than 120 years of bat-making experience, outstanding turning models, and access to the best-quality wood on the market. The MLB180 bat, for instance, is made of professional-grade ash, pound for pound the strongest timber available. Ash offers a flexibility that isn't found in other timbers, including maple, resulting in a barrel that tends to flex rather than break. This gives you a larger, more forgiving sweet spot in terms of breakage. In addition, ash is lighter than maple, so players can choose from among several large-barrel sizes. It all adds up to a terrific choice for casual players who love the look and feel of a genuine wood bat, or professionals who value a high-quality bat performance.

The MLB180 also boasts a randomly selected turning model, with such possibilities as C271, P72, C243, R161, T141, and K55.

Bat Specifications

  • Wood: Ash
  • Finish: Natural
  • Length: 32, 33, or 34 inches
  • Turning model: C271, P72, C243, R161, T141, or K55

Note: The biggest factors that influence the life of a wood bat are the quality of wood and where the ball hits your bat. Until you gain experience hitting with wood bats, however, don't be surprised if you break a lot of bats. Unlike with aluminum bats, when you hit a ball along the handle or at the end of a wood bat, you may break the bat rather than get a hit. It takes a lot of practice, but with work, you will find that you break fewer bats and become a much better hitter.

About Louisville Slugger
In many ways, the rich 120-year history of the Louisville Slugger baseball bat began in the talented hands of 17-year-old John A. "Bud" Hillerich. Bud's father, J.F. Hillerich, owned a woodworking shop in Louisville in the 1880s when Bud began working for him. Legend has it that Bud slipped away from work one afternoon in 1884 to watch the Louisville Eclipse, the town's major league team. After Pete Browning--the Eclipse's star who was mired in a hitting slump--broke his bat, Bud invited him to his father's shop to make a new one. With Browning at his side giving advice, Bud handcrafted a new bat from a long slab of wood. Browning got three hits using the bat the next day. Browning told his teammates, which began a surge of professional ballplayers visiting the Hillerich shop.

Although J.F. Hillerich had little interest in making bats, Bud persisted, eventually registering the name Louisville Slugger with the U.S. patent office in 1894. In the early 1900s, the company was one of the first to use a sports endorsement as a marketing strategy, paying Hall of Famer Honus Wagner to use his name on a bat. By 1923, Louisville Slugger was the selling more bats than any other bat maker in the country, with such famed clients as Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, and Lou Gehrig. In the ensuing years, the company has sold more than 100 million bats, and 60 percent of all Major League players currently use Louisville Sluggers. The company now sells far more than bats, including fielding and batting gloves, helmets, catchers' gear, equipment bags, training aids, and accessories.

Product Description

The MLB 180 Baseball Bat from Louisville Slugger® will improve your batting skills with its durable wood design that will last after many games. Note: This bat comes in assorted autographs; autographs will vary.

Product Details

  • Item Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B001Q3LEEQ
  • Item model number: MLB180
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,821 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Might buy more.
D. Haghighat
And this includes a few that were off the very end of the bat and some near the handle.
Marktwain10
Nicely balanced and very solid.
Rodney

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

47 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Brian S. on October 23, 2012
Size Name: 34 - Inch Verified Purchase
I recently moved into a street-level apartment in Boston, and this bat is my home warming gift to myself.

The bat is very heavy, and seems longer than what I remember swinging in high school.

It's exactly what I expected, and I feel much safer having it around.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jorge on October 31, 2010
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This model is the best value out there. The model feels very light and is easy to get through the zone properly. You will get high mileage out of this bat if you learn not to swing at bad pitches and barrell up on those that you can drive.

All wood bats are going to break if you put a bad swing on the ball
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jake m on April 3, 2013
Size Name: 32 - Inch Verified Purchase
I don't play baseball, but its great against zombies and home intruders... I mean guns are and knives too, but the bat really hits it home, pun intended
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jimmy Choo on October 9, 2013
Size Name: 34 - Inch Verified Purchase
This thing is so freakin beautiful I don't even want to hit baseballs with it. I bought it for home protection. It looks beautiful in my bedroom by the nightstand
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By W. T. White on January 29, 2013
Size Name: 34 - Inch Verified Purchase
Grew up with the brand, carried it into farm league and now years later, I use it as a Little League coach! My young players use a shorter version but still a LS......you want the best money can buy? Use the Louisville Slugger OR go cut down your own tree!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BigBoy on March 20, 2011
Size Name: 32 - Inch Verified Purchase
I'm a senior in high school and I always liked wooden bats over the metal ones, and looking on amazon just made things better. I found an amazing bat for a very reasonable price! I absolutely love this bat Great purchase!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. Arigo on May 20, 2010
Size Name: 32 - Inch Verified Purchase
Glad to find a wood bat at a reasonable price. Cheaper than the stores. All wood bats break and it's great to find reasonable prices, it helps to keep the cost of the season down. This size is for a young man in High School.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Curt D. Pangracs on December 8, 2011
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We have purchased more expensive "elite" wood bats for $65 and higher, but my son loves the balance and feel through the ball with this bat! Added the Cutter C-Tack grip, and he's tearing the ball up with smooth strokes.
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